Technology and Storytelling (Becky Lin)

Storytelling is an ancient art that started thousands of years ago and it has progressed alongside humanity as well as alongside technology. From drawings on cave walls and oral storytelling, to books, then newspapers, radios, television, and now the internet. Platforms for storytelling have only developed if not increased since the invention of storytelling. In the modern day of computers, the internet and social media it’s difficult to ignore the presence of storytelling in our everyday life. Technology coupled with the rise of education has given a platform as well as a voice to those previously unable to contribute to the widespread art known as storytelling. Technology as well as the invention of the internet has given a platform for more people to create stories and has expanded their audience. Where previously their audience may have been limited to close neighbors and friends, their audience now expands to people around the world. The development of technology provides a new way for people to present their stories. Stories are now able to be expressed as movies, blogs, animated films, and many more ways that I’m sure even I’m unaware of. The progression of technology has improved storytelling in a sense by making it more accessible to the general population of the world hence increasing productivity as well as providing a method of honing the skills of aspiring storytellers. It can also be argued that storytelling has hindered the development of storytelling because as people become more engrossed in and consumed by the progression of technology, their sense of imagination and creativity is dwindling. It becomes difficult to hone the art of storytelling when one is constantly surrounded by it and being suffocated by it. The idea is similar to when a piece of writing is shoved close to your face and you can recognize that it’s a piece of paper with writing on it but you can’t decipher the writing unless it’s held farther away. It’s too close for you to be able to properly observe it, analyze it and understand it. Technology is what is metaphorically shoving the piece of paper in our face but I believe given what advantages technology brings us in terms of exposure to various stories and forms of storytelling, technology has far advanced our storytelling abilities as a whole.

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2 thoughts on “Technology and Storytelling (Becky Lin)

  1. meaganmthornton January 25, 2015 / 4:28 am

    I like the point you make about how we are so immersed in stories due to technology that we don’t notice them. The idea that we need to pull ourselves out of the sea of stories to recognize and understand them is a great idea. – Meagan

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  2. meaganmthornton January 25, 2015 / 10:53 pm

    I was going to say pretty much what Meagan said about how interesting your idea is on how we are possibly being suffocated by stories, but it looks like she beat me to the punch. That’s something that I hadn’t really thought could be a hindrance until you mentioned it. I think you are absolutely right. I would also have to agree that more people are given a voice by technology, and that more people can be reached through technology as well, which could, in turn, be enhancing our storytelling abilities. – Breanna Larson

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